Friday, April 23, 2010

T is for Trust

Okay, this post may get a bit long. I usually like to try to keep them short and to the point but sometimes my thoughts need to follow this long trail. So trust me on this one…LOL

I used to have this saying I used to like to put at the bottom of my personal emails… “Don’t trust me, I’m human.” Can we really trust anyone? Ultimately everyone you know will let you down in one way or another…except God.

Although I don’t know him personally there is someone that has been on this blog that commented about someone saying he couldn’t be a Christian because he “smoked and drank.” Yes he can.

I bet there are people who just read that saying to themselves “No he can’t.” All of us are guilty of something. We just don’t think our vices are as bad as “That person’s vices.” Some have the attitude of “Don’t drink, don’t chew, don’t date those that do.”

The religious people liked to accuse Jesus of being a friend of “gluttons and winebibbers.” So?

The problem with being friends with people so you can share Jesus with them is that it is not genuine. What happens if they don’t accept Jesus? You abandon them. Brush off your feet sort of what I wrote about yesterday in my “S is for Shoes” blog. I’m sorry I didn’t dwell deeper into that blog. Quick addition to that blog from yesterday – people who may not be Christians, but don’t mind hanging around you and have serious questions, hang with them, be friends with them. Example: Zacchaeus was a little guy. A tax collector that was despised by the Jewish community but he wanted to get a look at Jesus. The only thing that is recorded that Jesus said to him was in Luke 19:5 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." This simple act changed Zacchaeus’ life.

I don’t believe we need to walk away from people who may not agree with us, nor should we expect to know what God is doing in someone else’s life. Consider the story of Peter on the beach with Jesus after the resurrection. Peter asked Jesus what another disciple will be doing. Jesus told him not to worry about him…Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what [is that] to you? You follow Me."John 21:22 We are to Trust and follow Jesus.

People can spot people who genuinely love them as opposed to people who are just trying to win a religious argument. Jesus invested in people’s lives. He gave of Himself. He gave Himself.

How many of us are so busy building our kingdoms that we don’t invest in the people that are around us? If someone doesn’t serve some purpose in our lives (sort of like a trophy on the wall of our egos) we don’t want to take time with them.

Jesus doesn’t want to be some “religious” part of your life. Jesus wants to be invested in your life. He wants to be with you when you work. He wants to be with you when you are playing. He wants to be with you always. Do you trust Him when He says He loves you? Do you trust Him when He tells you that He loves you no matter what you do? (While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)
Do I think smoking is good? No. Does it disqualify someone from heaven? No.

Paul claimed to be the chief of sinners. Does that disqualify him from heaven? No.

If we truly trust and believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He gave His life for us, don’t worry about how others are following Jesus… “You follow Me,” as Jesus said. What does that mean? Well, if you have faith and believe that Jesus is God incarnate (God in the Flesh) and you also believe that God is Love then you would put faith when, “Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is [the] first and great commandment. And [the] second [is] like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matt 22:37-40 NKJV)

Everything to God is tied up in Love. Are we perfect? No. Can we be trusted? Not all the time. But God is good, all the time. For God is Love.

Now back to what I’ve said in the past, you can know the law, without knowing God. But you don’t know Jesus if you don’t love. “He who says he loves God and hates his brother is a liar.”

I will close these ramblings with a line from a song from years ago, by Steve Camp. “Don’t tell them Jesus loves them ‘til you’re ready to love them too.”

Another line from another song by Casting Crowns… “Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and chose who will come.”

Hope you made it through my little road trip.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.


Bud Ezekiel H. said...

excellent post, my friend! i've been condemned by many yet the Word clearly states there IS NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ. it's the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us, not man! American religeon is vastly different then most. In Great Britian/Australia, our brothers/sisters might stop at the pub on the way home from church for some draught. many Christians smoke. you won't go to hell for smoking. you just might smell like you been there:) me. now if i lived where weed was legal, i'd be smoking that everyday because it is the most helpful medicine for my rhuematoid arthritis and ostreo`. saw/heard a street preacher on the strip in Vegas. he was slamming us verbally and vehemently as we walked by. i told him that even Jesus wouldn't have treated us in such a manner. also told him that Jesus would probably have been walking by with us. the preacher really became outraged at my words. i! only in America!

DJ GlenMC said...

Bud, we'd probably have a great time together...

Be blessed.

arlee bird said...

Glen, that was a "Wow" post. All during the time I was reading it I was thinking "Wow" and nodding my head. If I had been in church I would have been shouting "Amen" and I'm always pretty quiet at church. I think you should preach this on Sunday. Okay, I guess you don't normally preach, but this is a sermon that every Christian and everyone else needs to hear.

Good one!
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DJ GlenMC said...

Thanks Lee...
High praise indeed, but I'm just a human. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Love. It's all about Him.

If only we could all learn to Trust Him.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Melody said...

Agreed completely... wonderful post! :)

Lisa said...

I did my T post on Trust, too. I love how well thought out and provocative yours is.

DJ GlenMC said...

I knew it was going to be long. As simple as I have come to understand Jesus, to try and say what I believe the Lord wanted me to say, it was going to take the route that it did. In all that I write, may you remember what God says and may my views be washed in the blood.
Thanks to all who read my ramblings. I need to take more time and read others...Sorry if I don't have the time to get to or comment on everyone's blogs. I have read some cool stuff.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.